Mayor Michael Tubbs will present the Jefferson lecture on Thursday, September 13, 2018, in conjunction with the observance of Constitution Day. The lecture, entitled "Investing in People," will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
About Mayor Michael Tubbs
Michael Tubbs is the youngest mayor in Stocktons history as well as the youngest mayor in American history of a city with a population over 100,000. He is also Stocktons first African-American mayor to date. Elected mayor in 2016 at age 26, he was endorsed by then-President Barack Obama less than a week before the election. He previously served as a City Councilmember representing the citys 6th District.
Tubbss political mission is to turn Stockton, which declared bankruptcy in 2012, into one of the nations pioneering cities in experimental, cutting-edge, progressive policies. Starting in 2018, Tubbs has worked on a test program for implementing city-wide universal basic income called the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, a strategy that he believes will expedite the citys financial rehabilitation. A universal basic income system would administer fixed amounts of discretionary money to all citizens, of particular relevance in Stockton where mean incomes are considerably below the average for California, and with unemployment double that of the national rate.
About the Lecture
In his lecture, Mayor Tubbs will share his belief that talent and intelligence are universal, but resources and opportunities are not. In order to solve societys biggest problems, like poverty, illiteracy, and inequality, an investment in people is paramount.